Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company, known for its influential college rankings, profiles Evergreen in the fifth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”“Green thinking is integrated not only in the way we operate our campus, but in everything we do at Evergreen,” said Scott Morgan, director of sustainability at the college. “Some seventy percent of our curriculum integrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability. It’s woven into the very fabric of our identity and history as an institution.”The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).In the guide’s profile on Evergreen, The Princeton Review highlights the college’s free bus pass program, which reduces vehicular pollution; innovative heating and water conservation systems for campus housing; and the student green energy fee, which enables the college to use 100 percent renewable electricity and support hands-on student conservation projects.“We are pleased to recommend Evergreen to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Franek, publisher of The Princeton Review.Franek noted recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.The Evergreen State College is a nationally acclaimed public liberal arts and sciences college, offering outstanding academics at a moderate cost, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Submitted by Foot & Ankle Surgical AssociatesThe end of the year is approaching faster than we might have liked. It’s time to “Use it or Lose it!”The staff of Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates would like to remind you that your new insurance period begins January 1 2015. Now is a great time to take advantage of those deductibles being met and schedule your appointment before the end of the year.We have three clinics to serve South Sound patients including Tumwater, Yelm and Centralia offices. We offer a broad range of services from both our podiatry clinic and Medi-Spa. Whether your problem is minor, such as persistent toenail fungus, or quite serious, such as sever planter fasciitis, the doctors and staff at all our clinics can help.Our office is also participating in a food drive to help fill the local food banks of our Tumwater, Centralia and Yelm offices. We would greatly appreciate any donation of non-perishable food.Visit our website for more information or follow us on Facebook. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0
Facebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit is accepting applications for the 2018 Discounted Bus Pass program. The program discounts the price of adult and youth bus passes for qualifying local non-profit and human service agencies, who pass them on to their clients. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 17. Applications are available on the Intercity Transit website or by calling 360-786-8585. Awards will be made on December 6, 2017. The program begins January 2018.Qualifying agencies must serve clients within the cities or urban growth areas of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, or Yelm, demonstrate a direct link between transportation and the provision of agency services, and address how using the transit pass program benefits the overall community. Once selected, organizations can purchase passes at half price, good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service. Intercity Transit will discount up to $300,000 worth of monthly bus passes in 2018.Twenty-two organizations took advantage of the program in 2017. They include: Catholic Community Services, City Gates Ministries, Olympia Union Gospel Mission of Olympia, South Sound Parent-to-Parent Tumwater School District, and more. The passes are good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service.Our community has many worthy agencies doing important work. Supporting these agencies helps everyone,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit General Manager. “It’s one more way we work with local partners to help address the community’s unmet transportation needs.”
Mason Clinic: Mon–Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on weekends. Mason Clinic Lab: Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lab at the Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to noon, closed Sundays Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason HealthIn an effort to protect our patients, employees and the community, and to halt the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Mason Health has taken deliberate precautions in the past several days to ensure the safety of our community.Visitor RestrictionsAnyone entering any Mason Health facility will be required to wear a mask. These facilities include Mason General Hospital, Mason Clinic, MGH Hoodsport Family Clinic, MGH Olympic Physicians, MGH Mountain View Women’s Health and MGH Family Health, Ankle & Foot Services. No visitors will be allowed to enter Mason General Hospital in most cases. Patients undergoing end-of-life care will be permitted one visitor. Birthing mothers will be permitted one visitor when they are admitted to the Birth Center. No visitors will be allowed to enter Mason Clinic with patients, except for guardians coming with patients who are children under 18. Exceptions may be made in emergency cases, and restrictions are subject to change as Mason Health monitors this evolving crisis.Hours UpdatesMason General Hospital Main Entrance: Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to noon, closed to the public on Sundays Mason Clinic Walk-In: Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MGH Olympic Physicians: Mon–Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on weekends. Diagnostic Imaging outpatient: Mon–Fri: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to noon, closed to the public on SundaysService Location Changes and UpdatesBirth Center patients: Patients who need to check into the Birth Center at Mason General Hospital will be asked to park in the Provider Parking Lot off Sherwood Lane so they may enter the Hospital through a separate entrance. Call ahead to 360-427-9558 prior to your arrival at the Birth Center, so you may receive specific instructions.Anticoagulation services and pregnancy ultrasounds: Patients seeking care for anticoagulation services and pregnancy ultrasounds will now be directed to the former MGH Surgery Clinic at 1710 N. 13th Loop Road to protect these high-risk patients. Schedule these appointments as you normally would with your regular provider or specialist.Mason Health is now offering telehealth services in support of our patients. Patients can schedule phone consultations with their primary care, behavioral health and specialty providers. Contact your provider as you normally would for a phone consultation. Video conferencing with computer and mobile device capabilities will be launching soon. Follow our website, masongeneral.com/services/telehealth for the most up-to-date information.We apologize for any inconvenience. At Mason Health, we care about our patients and employees and urge community members to limit travel. If you must leave home, engage in social distancing and remain 6 feet away from others. Follow the most up-to-date information about how Mason Health is responding to COVID-19 at www.masongeneral.com/about/covid-19 or through social media.Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. Mason Health now offers 3D Mammography Services. For more information on 3D mammograms or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.
Image Courtesy: PTI/WWEAdvertisement 7lm0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6iiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 88Would you ever consider trying this?😱1jrjCan your students do this? 🌚3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The netizens of the country may not have seen the interaction between a WWE superstar and Bollywood icon too often, but in the ongoing lock down amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, John Cena and Ranveer Singh has been together for a funny banter, and the Indian actor has earned the nickname of ‘Stone Cold Singh’ from the professional wrestler!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/WWEIt all started with a social media post Ranveer Singh made a couple of months ago. Donning dreadlocks, a full beard and eye shadow, Singh shared a photo on hos official Instagram, which was similar to his Alauddin Khilji look from the 2018 movie Padmavaat.“Me coming out of quarantine” Singh added a hilarious caption with the photo. Check it out below-Advertisement In addition to his fanbase, Ranveer’s post also caught the attention of John Cena, who edited the photo a little, adding in the fists and the signature skull ring of his fellow WWE icon Stone Cold Steve Austin from one of his most famous photos.Cena added the text ‘Sone Cold Singh’ in the picture. Check it out below-The 16 times world champions has a huge fan base in India, who were in fits seeing the post. Other than the photo going viral among both the Bollywood and WWE loving netizens, Ranveer Singh himself appeared in the comments.“Hahahahahaha 🔝 😂🙏🏽” the 34 year old actor commented.Image Courtesy: InstagramBelow here is the photo of Steve Austin that was used by Cena to create the funny picture.Image Courtesy: GettyHowever, its not the first time Cena has used Steve Austin for some of the funny memes he has been creating and sharing during the lock down. From ‘Stone Cold Social Distancing’ to ‘Stone Cold Sweethearts’, the WWE champion’s Instagram is filled with such hilarious posts, and some of them even featured other renowned WWE stars like The Rock, Edge and CM Punk. Here are some below- If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Find out the only Indian who makes it into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes! Advertisement
By John BurtonATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Jim Plumaker couldn’t have been happier with the opening of the new and expanded public library.“It’s really important to me and my family,” said Plumaker, a borough resident who has three children, ages16, 11 and 5.“One of the things I like to do is come to the library to get the kids out of the house,” particularly in the winter, he said.“They have nice programs here and it’s free.“It really is a great library.”Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry (center, holding scissors) joins county and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Atlantic Highlands Public Library last week. The library, now a branch of the county library system, underwent a complete renovation and expansion as part of the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall construction project.Plumaker was on hand last Thursday as local and county officials, employees and others celebrated the library’s grand opening.The capacity crowd appeared to agree with Plumaker, as they offered their take on the new facility.Marilyn Scherfen, the library’s branch manager, wore a broad smile as she put her arms way up in the air when she announced, “We’re finally done.“This is truly an ‘ah’ moment,” Scherfen said.The “ah” stands for both the initials of the borough and the obvious relief now that the project is completed, she said.The borough’s new library stands at about 4,000 square feet; a considerable enlargement over its previous 1,600 square feet.The library, located in the borough municipal complex, 100 First Ave., was done in conjuncture with the renovation and expansion of the entire facility.That project took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $6 million.Mayor Frederick J. Rast and the six-member borough council undertook the project that had bipartisan support. The governing body decided to move forward with the project as the existing borough hall, which contains government offices, police headquarters and library, had become increasingly cramped for modern needs. The building did not meet federal handicap accessibility requirements and had mold and moisture issues that would have been exceedingly expensive to address in the existing structure, officials have said previously.All that was certainly true of the library, which occupied the building’s lower level.In the past the library was without windows. Now, Scherfen said, there is more room light and air for the library’s 22,000 items. The new library also now has separate rooms for children’s programs and other material.While the building was under construction, the library moved its operation to the field house of the Fireman’s Field sports field area, on Avenue C.In the interim, local officials negotiated with Monmouth County library representatives to have the borough library become a county branch and be operated under county management. That move made the borough facility the 13th county branch and saved the municipality upward of $130,000, Freeholder Lillian Burry said.Scherfen stressed “how important the intellectual infrastructure is to all of us.”Scherfen, quoting Confucius, said: “You cannot open a book without learning something.“The same is true of libraries,” she added.Lynn Sternberg shared Scherfen’s joy about the new library. “It’s been very exciting to see this happen,” Sternberg said, as she guided her 5-year-old daughter, CarlyRose, through the children’s room. “We used to come for story time every week,” Sternberg said.“I like to read a lot,” CarlyRose said.Jack Sanders, 11, also likes this library and libraries in general. “It’s a place to help kids with their homework and it lets them read new books,” he said, as he sat with a book about professional football. “I’m a big sports guy. I read a lot of sports.“Ever since they opened it,” he said of the library, “I’ve been here every day.”
Joel and Mara Browndorf, Red Bank, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Stowe, to Christopher O’Connor Toolan, son of Carol Toolan, Rumson and the late John Edward Toolan, Jr.Elizabeth is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. She is currently employed by Tri-Coastal Design as the executive assistant to the divisional manager.Christopher is a graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is currently managing director in equities trading at Barclays.A June 2013 wedding is planned in Rumson.
By Kathy MieleI walked into the living room where all of my guys were hanging out on the couch. I held up my camera and said, “Smile!”“Whoa…” Alex held his hand over his face. “What are you doing?”“I’m trying to get some candid shots of the three of you,” I explained.“Walking into a room shouting ‘Smile’ isn’t candid,” Steven reminded me.“Fine.” I snapped a quick shot of them.“Come on!” Max cried.I hit review on my camera. “Well, that was an awful picture,” I said as I pressed the delete button.“Why the interest in candid shots all of a sudden?” Steven asked.“I’m glad you asked.” I pointed to the table next to the couch that was filled with framed photos of the boys. “Haven’t you noticed that all the photos we have around the house are when the boys weren’t even in their teens yet?”Steven picked up a picture of both boys on the play gym of our old house. Their heads were sticking out between the slats of the tower. “What were they, 4 and 8 in this shot?”“Exactly!” I said. “If someone came into our house right now they’d think we have little kids. Not two guys in their 20s.”“Who’s coming into our house that wouldn’t know who we are?” Alex asked.“Good point,” Steven said.“That’s not the point,” I countered. “What’s wrong with wanting to have some updated photos around the house?”“Ah, I can find something wrong with it,” Max said.“What?”“We’d have to spend hours posing for pictures,” he said. “You know how you get when you start picture-taking.”All three began to laugh.“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked.The boys looked at Steven, making him the spokesperson for all three. “You start yelling,” he reminded me. “Smile! Look this way! Quit making that face!” The boys were nodding in agreement. “That’s the reason we stopped taking pictures, don’t you remember?” he asked.By this time I’d put the camera down on the table and Max had picked it up. He snapped a shot of me with my hands on my hips looking annoyed as I listened to Steven explain why we don’t take photos anymore.“Hey! Give me that!” I tried to get the camera out of Max’s hand but he’d already hit the review button and was showing Alex and Steven the shot. “That’s a keeper,” he said as he handed it back to me.I cringed as I took a quick peek before hitting delete. “Fine, I won’t take any pictures today,” I agreed. “But this isn’t over.”The three of them were high-fiving each other as I left the room. I quickly turned around and snapped the picture. “Perfect!” I said. “Now I have a picture with a fun story behind it!”
The Rumson – Sea Bright BridgeBy Liz SheehanMonmouth County has announced it will hold public meetings in Sea Bright and Rumson on Wednesday, June 8, to inform the local community of the plans for the proposed bridge which will replace the one built in 1950 that crosses the Shrewsbury River and connects Rumson and Sea Bright. There will be a question and answer portion of the meeting with officials.The bridge will be moved slightly to the south from its present location, and its relocation will result in some changes to the area.In Rumson, the meeting will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School cafeteria, 74 Ridge Avenue. A brief presentation will be held at 7 p.m.In Sea Bright, the meeting will be held at the Municipal Building public meeting room, 1167 Ocean Avenue, from 2 – 4 p.m., with a brief presentation at 2:30 pm.At the public meeting on April 5 about the plans for the bridge, concerns were raised about the proposal to make Old Rumson Road, in Rumson, into a two-way street, according to summary of the meeting posted the county’s website.The response from the county representative on April 5, according the county’s report, was that at a previous meeting there was overwhelming public comment against the proposed cul-de-sac at the intersection of Rumson Road, Ward Avenue and Old Rumson Road.The project team, based on input from a stakeholders meeting and a follow-up focus group meeting regarding the intersection, had redesigned the intersection and presented it to local officials attending the April 5 meeting, the report said.At a June 2015 focus group meeting on the bridge plans, Rumson Police Chief Scott Patterson said, according to the county report on the meeting, that as a lifelong resident of the borough, he was of the opinion that the proposed cul-de-sac would create more problems rather than improve the functionality of the intersection.On Tuesday, Patterson said, concerning the bridge project, “Obviously I want the whole plan to be transparent, since it affects a lot of people.”Another question asked at the April 5 meeting was if a traffic signal could be placedat Ward Avenue and Rumson Road. The answer from the county representative was this had been evaluated, but because of the bridge openings and the traffic signal on the Sea Bright side of the bridge it “was not considered a viable improvement option.”In Sea Bright, the county representative at the April meeting, said the county is proposing to purchase the current Sunoco property to provide access to the Nautilus Condominium complex and compensate for loss of parking for Dunkin Donuts and Oar Fitness property. Dunkin Donuts and Oar Fitness will have access from Old Rumson Road, which will have a right turn in and a right out onto Ocean Avenue southbound.The shifting of the bridge to the south and the relocation of the signalized Route 36 intersection to the south would allow for longer storage length for the Route 36 southbound right turn lane. However, Route 36 northbound’s left storage length is reduced from present conditions, the meeting report said.The proposals to improve this situation include realigning the Sea Bright Beach Club south driveway as a part of the signalized intersection and relocating the driveway of the Chapel Beach Club to the southern side of the property.On Wednesday, Laura Kilpatrick, director of Public Information and Tourism said that “some things may change,” from the plans that were presented to the public at the April 8 meeting.She said that work on the bridge is planned to start in 2020 with completion at the end of 2021.The county said that those unable to attend the the meeting or to make comments at them can submit written comments through July 8, sent to email@example.com nj.us, by fax to 732-431-7765 or Inkyung Englehart, Project Coordinator, Monmouth County Department of Public Works , Division of Engineering, Hall of Records Anne, 1 East Main St., 3rd Floor, Freehold, NJ,07728.
“This particular grant can help grow the sense of a singular identity in Red Bank and will go a long way toward making the Shrewsbury Avenue corridor safer and more accessible, as well as add aesthetic value,” Porter said. By Chris Rotolo The borough’s Pilgrim Baptist Church was organized in 1896 and purchased its present home at 172 Shrewsbury Ave. in 1955. The church’s pastor, Terrence K. Porter, was installed in 2003, when he began working closely with former Mayor Ed McKenna and Red Bank’s sitting Mayor Pasquale Menna to create a more unified municipality. “This all started two years ago. So it’s been a long time coming,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna who credited the Shrewsbury Avenue Citizens Development Committee for helping develop a strategic vision. “This is where Red Bank started. People think our town was founded on Broad Street, but Shrewsbury Avenue is where everything began. It was a commercial center and it will be again. Development projects will happen and they’ll be done in a way that is respectful to the neighborhood. Shrewsbury Avenue should evolve as its own destination and it will,” Menna said. “We have a large audience that comes from the West Side of the borough. We have students that come to us for a multitude of classes and patrons who come to see the performances we have. As an organization we strive to offer diverse programming, something for everyone. And safer roadways will just make it that much easier for residents to reach us,” Philipson said. One the borough’s largest development projects is the reimagining of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, an expansion effort that will connect new bars and eateries, a second music venue and music education spaces to the historic theater, growing the venue’s footprint to an entire city block on Monmouth Street. Despite the outreach initiatives that stretch beyond Red Bank’s borders, Porter recognizes the disparity between the east and west sides of the borough and said a grant of this magnitude and the scope of the work will only strengthen the community as a whole. The grant is less than the $1.2 million proposal submitted by Millennium Strategies of Morristown on Red Bank’s behalf. But it will still fund new ADA compliant curb ramps for special needs accessibility, as well as new sidewalks, crosswalks and curb bumpouts that will extend pedestrian sidewalks and are expected to calm the flow of traffic in the congested corridor. The developed roadway that would become Shrewsbury Avenue predates 1850, a historical perspective that is not lost on Menna. In addition to public safety improvements, the grant funding will allow officials to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment along Shrewsbury Avenue with the installation of a brick paver strip, trees and decorative poles, benches and receptacles similar to what pedestrians see spanning Broad Street. Basie CEO Adam Philipson said improvements to Shrewsbury Avenue, which intersects with Monmouth Street, is an improvement to the entire Red Bank community and one he hopes will create easier access for West Side residents to the Basie’s expanding educational curriculum and entertainment options. Pilgrim Baptist is not merely a house of worship, Porter said, but strives to be a community resource. The church serves as a report site for Monmouth County’s annual Project Homeless Connect event and, in winter 2018, opened a warming center to provide overnight shelter during frigid conditions. The warming center is also located on Shrewsbury Avenue just steps away from the church. Earlier this month the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Red Bank won a $1 million grant for an improvement project to beautify its Shrewsbury Avenue corridor and update it for safety and ADA accessibility. Red Bank won one of 27 federal grants totaling $20 million under the Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program. “We’re excited about the possibilities of what can be done because, as a community, you really don’t want people driving down Broad Street to see one Red Bank and those driving down Shrewsbury Avenue to see another version.” THE SCOPE OF WORK RED BANK – Shrewsbury Avenue, the borough’s original thoroughfare, is about to get a million dollar makeover. The plans also call for the installation of rain gardens and tree pits where the curb bumpouts are situated, a method to help improve drainage and mitigate any negative impacts of stormwater runoff. COMMUNITY CONNECTION ADDED PERSPECTIVE These annual federal grants are awarded to nontraditional, community-based efforts that aim to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system, like the main artery that comes off the Route 35 bridge, extends along Red Bank’s West Side and up through the borough of Shrewsbury, before reconnecting with Route 35 near the entrance to Fort Monmouth.